May 24, 2022

Purchase Books via OPAC: Toronto Public Library Launches Retail Affiliate Program

Note: Yesterday’s post about a similar effort by the Ottawa Public Library and other libraries in Canada included a mention of the following program.

It will be interesting to see how much revenue the program returns to the library.

The Toronto Public Library is the busiest urban library system in the world. 

From Quill & Quire:

The Toronto Public Library announced on Wednesday that library users now have the option of purchasing books via its website. Through the new Retail Affiliate Program, customers will see a “buy now” option when they search for a book. The button links them to the Indigo Books & Music website if there is a copy available.

More from the TPL Announcement:

 “We’re happy to offer this innovative program. We know that many library customers do a mix of borrowing books from the library and buying their own copies. It’s great to give those customers the opportunity to purchase books and at the same time support their library,” said Paul Ainslie, Chair of the Toronto Public Library Board.

The news release also says that additional retailers will be added shortly.

Complete Details (Including a Privacy Statement) About the New Affiliate Program

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